I will give it to foreigners as loot, to the world’s wicked ones as plunder, and they will desecrate it.
You will be profaned within yourself 1 in the sight of the nations; then you will know that I am the Lord.’”
his body must not remain all night on the tree; instead you must make certain you bury 1 him that same day, for the one who is left exposed 2 on a tree is cursed by God. 3 You must not defile your land which the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance.
The sons of Reuben, Israel’s firstborn – (Now he was the firstborn, but when he defiled his father’s bed, 1 his rights as firstborn were given to the sons of Joseph, Israel’s son. So Reuben is not listed as firstborn in the genealogical records. 2
you are guilty because of the blood you shed and defiled by the idols you made. You have hastened the day of your doom; 1 the end of your years has come. 2 Therefore I will make 3 you an object of scorn to the nations, an object to be mocked by all lands.
But this knowledge is not shared by all. And some, by being accustomed to idols in former times, eat this food as an idol sacrifice, and their conscience, because it is weak, is defiled.
He must not eat an animal that has died of natural causes 1 or an animal torn by beasts and thus become unclean by it. I am the Lord.
The Lord who commands armies planned it – to dishonor the pride that comes from all her beauty, 1 to humiliate all the dignitaries of the earth.
I declared them to be defiled because of their sacrifices 1 – they caused all their first born to pass through the fire 2 – so that I would devastate them, so that they will know that I am the Lord.’ 3
Then Haggai asked, “If a person who is ritually unclean because of touching a dead body 1 comes in contact with one of these items, will it become unclean?” The priests answered, “It will be unclean.”
“But you are profaning it by saying that the table of the Lord is common and its offerings 1 despicable.
He brought all the priests from the cities of Judah and ruined 1 the high places where the priests had offered sacrifices, from Geba to Beer Sheba. 2 He tore down the high place of the goat idols 3 situated at the entrance of the gate of Joshua, the city official, on the left side of the city gate.
When Josiah turned around, he saw the tombs there on the hill. So he ordered the bones from the tombs to be brought; 1 he burned them on the altar and defiled it. This fulfilled the Lord’s announcement made by the prophet while Jeroboam stood by the altar during a festival. King Josiah 2 turned and saw the grave of the prophet who had foretold this. 3
When you present your sacrifices 1 – when you make your sons pass through the fire – you defile yourselves with all your idols to this very day. Will I allow you to seek me, 2 O house of Israel? As surely as I live, declares the sovereign Lord, I will not allow you to seek me! 3
He said to me: “Son of man, this is the place of my throne 1 and the place for the soles of my feet, 2 where I will live among the people of Israel forever. The house of Israel will no longer profane my holy name, neither they nor their kings, by their spiritual prostitution or by the pillars of their kings set up when they die. 3